Life would be much more calm and relaxed if the governments of the world had to play poker to settle issues of state, but alas, we're stuck with politicians and government that only seems to get worse but this time it's erupting in Greece and PokerStars players are paying the price.
There's more on our menu for this edition of The Inside Shuffle, so settle in, kick back, and get ready for — some news and a refresher or two.
PokerStars Greek players gored by government
The goring isn't being done by PokerStars, it's the
greedy pesky Greek government. Here's the scoop. PokerStars shifted Greek players to a .gr site which is jointly operated by Diamond Link Ltd. (PlayBet.com), a Maltese company. Diamond Link is not only licensed by Malta's Lotteries & Gaming Authority, it is also the holder of an interim online gaming license in Greece.
This is where it gets ugly — as of Friday, November 22nd, PokerStars' Greek Players will face a daily withholding tax on winnings.
The Stars.gr site details the specifics of the tax. Head over to CalvinAyre.com for more on the subject.
Daniel Negreanu goes from ranting to reading
This is fun! Daniel Negreanu usually has some heavy hitting rant going on with his blog but the latest entry is about some of the goals he's established for himself; they including reading a number of books on a schedule — of sorts — and getting
ripped in great shape by his 40th birthday which is coming up.
Watch the latest here.
Antonio Esfandiari plans to celebrate his birthday!
Since the announcement was made at PokerNews.com about Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari's 35th birthday, we're going to assume that the whole world is invited. We'll help spread the news.
On Friday, December 13th, head for The Cosmopolitan and proceed directly to the Marquee NightClub! Do not pass Go, do not collect $200! Tritonal will provide the music and you can book a table reservation by emailing Marquee's Director of VIP Services Larson Legris at Larson.Legris@marqueelasvegas. com .
Chess world champion Magnus Carlson and poker
We have a keen interest in Magnus Carlsen due to poker, but we aren’t undermining the fact that the 23-year-old Norwegian can play chess too.
After playing through a 65-move marathon, Carlsen has become the chess world champion by beating longstanding champion Viswanathan Anand. Carlsen took home the title and $1.53 million (1.13 euros) for his finish. That report is up here.
Back in 2010, Carlsen gave an interview which is posted on chessbase.com and references playing poker, but this is our favorite as far as the interview questions and answers go:
SPIEGEL: Where did this enthusiasm for chess come from all of a sudden?
Carlsen: I don’t know. No more than I can tell you why I wanted to do 50-piece jigsaw puzzles when I was not even two years old. Why did I want to know all the common car makes at the age of two and a half? Why did I read books about geography at the age of five? I don’t know why I learnt all the countries of the world off by heart, including their capitals and populations. Chess was probably just another pastime.
Seriously? Car makes at two-and-a-half years old? Reading geography at the age of five and liking it? We understand learning poker at an early age, but...
Late filing for Full Tilt Poker fund remission
The news appeared to be final that the Garden City Group (GCG), the claims administrator for Full Tilt Poker (FTP), would no longer accept a petition for remission after November 16th, 2013, from United States players according to the GCG's previous publication.
But that has apparently changed. There is still hope if you are NOT one of the 41,000 that have submitted claims at this time. A total of 1.4 million email notifications were sent out by the GCG — that leaves 1,359,000 unaccounted for. We would love to see everyone file and have their funds returned.
Let us all remember Black Friday, and as we do, please help deprive the government of any additional poker funds by filing your claim today.
The View from the Box
This edition of The View from the Box is a continuation of exploring The Corporation vs. Andy Beal with several of Linda Geenen’s private Table Tango blog posts from early 2001. The entire blogging session of those games had been removed but the story is coming back online. Find the latest View from the Box here.
Bodog Asia Philippines offices raided!
What really happened when the police raided the Bodog Asia Philippines offices? The stories are conflicting. The only thing one can really believe is how the Bodog staff managed being held for eight hours for questioning in the office. "They ordered about $400 worth of pizza and the staff played charades, foosball and continued to pack care packages for the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan which hit the central Philippine islands late last week."
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